The owners of this modern house in Seattle, overlooking the waterfront, are immigrants from Los Angeles and moved with their 10-year-old twins to the property. It is not a particularly old house, explain the architects and designers from Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, who were commissioned to renovate it, but it still needed modernization. ‘This was a renovation of a house built in 2012; The interior architecture was not very old, but it did not fit the aesthetic parameters of the client or our company,” explain Tim Pfeiffer and Peak Petersen from Hoedemaker Pfeiffer.
The design team transformed the home’s traditional interiors with a fresh, Spanish Colonial look, using textiles and materials that would patina well, something that would help this home remain timeless, even with two young children.
It was important that they create a modern house That evokes a peaceful life where they can relax and unwind, as both owners are passionate about sustainability and living a well-rounded lifestyle. And nowhere can this idea be seen better than in the home’s beautifully proportioned living room, with its deep, cozy sofas. It’s a space that sets the tone for a home that encourages calm, that feels like a retreat. This is how the designers did it.
There’s something about the sofas that the designers specified for the living room that draws you in and makes you want to linger in the space. It is a room that most designers would consider large and oversized. sectional living room to fill, but Tim Pfeiffer and Peak Petersen took a different approach.
“We wanted this room to feel open, flexible in use and not too precious,” explain Tim and Peak. ‘To achieve this goal, we place deep and ultra-comfortable beds. Lawson Fenning sofas facing each other for easy conversation with folding stools for guests.
“The living room could accommodate a large sectional, but we didn’t want to block the entry point from the kitchen to the seating space,” the designers add. ‘The pair of sofas solved this problem, allowing easy entry and exit. There are sturdy textiles throughout the pieces, so crumbs or small spills aren’t a stress point, and the soft overhead lighting adds a pleasant ambience.’
The home’s open-plan layout sees the main living space divided into three zones: the living room, dining room and modern kitchenand for Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, it was important that these spaces feel interconnected.
“We wanted to reorient the kitchen so that the family member preparing the food would face the dining table or seating group,” explains Tim. “Previously, the island faced the water side of the house, which was not conducive to the sense of connection this close-knit family was looking for in the room of the house they would most frequently occupy.”
It’s a kitchen that feels spare and minimalist, mainly thanks to an additional “back kitchen” that allows storage and extra appliances to be out of sight of the main kitchen. ‘There is a small kitchen that leads to a small laundry room‘ explains Tim. “It’s very functional and has a freezer, microwave and lots of storage space.”
The materials are simple and discreet, but they add a Spanish colonial air to the space. “The goal was also to keep the materiality natural, shine-free and highly functional,” Peak tells us. “Natural oak cabinets and unlacquered brass plumbing and hardware will patina beautifully over time, a feature customers love and appreciate.”
“The countertop material is Caesarstone, a comfortable choice for a family with young children who eat and create artwork while sitting at the island,” adds Peak. ‘We select a Tabarka tile for the kitchen backsplash as the unique, hand-painted nature of the product really appealed to us and it felt perfect with the unlacquered brass filling.’
The master bedroom design perfectly walks the line between relaxed and elevated. “Our collective goal was to make the master bedroom feel like a quiet, high-end resort,” Peak tells us. ‘We kept the palette neutral and the materiality soft. The rug is an ivory wool, the custom bed is wrapped in a playful Jennifer Shorto linen, the curtains are a warm, calming white, and natural wood is scattered throughout the space.
Some of the more classic elements, from the flooring, coffered ceiling and textured grass cloth, are enlivened with contemporary furniture and art for a more modern bedroom scheme.
Throughout the home, the property’s original walnut floor was refinished to give it a less traditional look. “When the clients bought the house, the floor was dark walnut, hand-scraped to a brilliant shine,” explains Tim. “Refinishing the floors was one of the most impactful changes we made and is high on our list.”
“Our painter sanded the walnut underneath the hand-scraped layer and applied a matte oil stain that lightened the floor and brought the house closer to the desired aesthetic,” says Tim.
The existing bathroom layout worked well for the family of four, so it was a space that only required minimal, superficial changes. “The layout of the master bathroom was kept the same, but the cabinets, lighting, countertop and plumbing were replaced,” explains Tim. This included a new bathroom vanity and countertop for space.
“We gave the house a fresh, warm white interior and exterior paint color,” Tim and Peak conclude. And it is this backdrop that provides the perfect canvas for what the designers have done with the space.
It’s timeless in that sense, with its neutral backdrop and Spanish colonial style offering a “trend-proof” aesthetic, while modern touches through bold artwork and curiously sculptural furniture make the home feel modern and relevant in the present.